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The security week: Terror threat, and the HD future

It’s Friday, and as a consequence I have Friday on my mind. Astounding! You may also have Friday on your mind, but it is by no means a requirement, or a demand. Approach your life as you see fit.

This week I was very briefly in Munich to hear about Sony’s new HD CCTV launches. There’s an article I wrote about it all here – and something specific about Sony’s new HD camera is here.

Erstwhile and current SMT Online editor Brian Sims covered UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s raising of the terror threat level; he also brought us the details of Terahertz radiation technology being used in scanners to detect explosives.

We had two stories in the ‘spraying some stuff onto things or people’ category – door supervisors are spraying people with Redweb’s stuff; and Dutch train people are spraying metal things with Selectamark’s stuff. Spray!

And a consultancy has claimed that risk management is a “top 10 career move in 2010“. Is it? Is it really?

Three popular things now: a story about the security and legal implications of people accessing online porn at work; private investigators say that business is booming during the economic downturn; and our Song About Security this week comes from way back in 1944, courtesy of the Andrews Sisters. Old school.

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ID card images, and MoD jobs

Hello! Welcome to a big day of security news excitement. Let’s dig in.

First up is the images of the somewhat reviled UK ID cards, which have been unveiled by Home Secretary Alan Johnson. Will anyone ever actually use one?

We’ve also got a very interesting piece on how to go about getting work from the UK’s Ministry of Defence if you are a guarding company. And let’s face it, so many of us are nowadays. Possibly.

Things that move can often be useful. That’s one reason why TSS is putting CCTV in car wing mirrors. Others are outlined in the article. So feel free to read that.

Elsewhere, we’ve got an Indian appointment for ADT Security; some information destruction standards exhilaration; and pay-as-you-go home IP security. Delightful!

You have precisely one day left in which to vote for the Security Manufacturer of the Year as part of the 2009 Security Excellence Awards. It’s one way to make your favourite stand out from the crowd.

Also, here’s a weird man blowing a raspberry on a cat’s stomach.

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Interoperability and Alan Johnson

Hello you. Welcome to the start of the security week – which, interestingly enough, coincides with the start of the conventional working week. How fortuitous!

Today we have a story that’s heavy on the acronyms, with IMS claiming that members companies signed up to ONVIF have an overall larger market share than those who are members of the PSIA. What’s all that about? Read the story and find out.

We’ve also got a story that features a quite unflattering photo of UK Home Secretary Alan Johnson, who has launched a website to tackle anti-social behaviour.

There’s success for IFSEC’s South African adventure; RemGuard, perhaps unsurprisingly, advocating the use of remote monitoring; a little bit of corporate fraud excitement; and a chance to use a Chinese flag to illustrate a story that uses the words ‘command centre’ and ‘operational’ in its headline. Macho.

Did you know that the next big security show that deserves your attention takes place in India? It’s called IFSEC India. But that’s not all! Not by a longish shot. There’s also Internal Security India, and Firex India. How useful!

Squonk: www.info4security.com, www.ifsec.co.uk

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The security week: The fear of gosh edition

Hi there buddies! This is one of those tremendously exciting editions where I pretend that I’m in the office when actually (shh) I’ve got Friday off. Let’s do it!

This week SMT Online editor Brian Sims put the fear of gosh into incoming Home Secretary Alan Johnson in his SMT Online Editor’s View. Careful how you go, Alan!

And Securitas has gone and extended its Approved Contractor Status to cover Northern Ireland. How do you like them apples?

The BSIA has also been talking about Northern Ireland. Here is something about their guide to licensing there. Timely – and stylish!

The Millennium Stadium. Hewn over centuries from the living rock itself. A magical, mystical place. And now it has some new CCTV gear.

You know that CCTV End User Survey we’re running? I think, personally, that if you’re a CCTV end user, you should get involved with it. Not just because you could win £200 of Marks and Spencer vouchers – also because it’s the right thing to do. And you, in particular, are a really decent person.

Have an excellent weekend. Here is some video footage of kittens belonging to a long-time supporter and colleague.

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